Celebrating the Red Covered Bridge
PRINCETON – A light breeze moved through the canopy of Walnut and Oak trees as more than 100 people gathered in lawn chairs beside the Big Bureau Creek to witness the sesquicentennial celebration of Princeton's Red Covered Bridge.
Bureau County Historical Society President Kathryn Cartwright welcomed the guests gathered around a mini stage erected just north of the bridge and a greeting was given by Mayor Keith Cain.
Kathy O'Malley of Princeton provided a brief overview of the bridge's history. She read from notes that in 1862 the county board was petitioned by voters, most being businessesmen, who wanted to build a permanent bridge across the creek. At the time, the only way across the creek was by a pontoon bridge, which frequently was washed away by heavy winds.
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